The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase is the third race to be contested on Day Two of The Grand National Festival at Aintree racecourse every Spring.
Offering 21 magnificent National Hunt races across a three-day festival at Aintree’s world-class racecourse in Merseyside, The Grand National is one of the richest and highly anticipated National Hunt meetings in British horse racing.
The 21 races are split into three seven-race cards which are contested on Liverpool NHS Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day, each featuring its own higher value championship race.
The featured race of Day One, Liverpool NHS Day is The The Betway Aintree Hurdle, the featured race of Day Two, Ladies Day is The Marsh Steeple Chase and the featured race of Day Three, Grand National Day is the main event itself, The Grand National Steeple Chase.
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About The Race
The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase for novice horses that serves as the warmup race for the Ladies Day feature race every April at The Grand National Festival.
Open to horses aged five years old and above, The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase runs 3 miles and 210 yards of Aintree Racecourse and featured a total of nineteen tall fences for the novices to navigate.
The purse for The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase last time out was £100,000, which was shared proportionately between the top four finishers with each placement position receiving the following amounts:
1st place – £56,130
2nd place – £21,110
3rd place – £10,550
4th place – £5,270
The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase will begin at 14:50 on Friday the 9th of April 2021.
It’s usually a fairly small field of runners in The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase, which means plenty of space for each novice competitor to prove exactly what they can be capable of.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Ladies Day during the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Chris’s Dream (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Rachael Blackmore and trained by Henry De Bromhead
- Crucial Role (GB) – Fell – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Drovers Lane (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – assigned jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Rebecca Curtis
- Lostintranslation (IRE) – first-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard
- Mr Whipped (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
- Topofthegame (IRE) – second-place finish – 10/11 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Top Ville Ben (IRE) – third-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sean Quinlan and trained by Patrick Kirby
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Odds for The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase last time out ranged between 10/11 for the race favourite Topofthegame (2nd) and 28/1 for the longest outsider Crucial Role (fell), which is a huge price for a race contested by just 6 runners.
This edition of the race was won by 3/1 priced second-favourite Lostintranslation who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £40 in returns, £30 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase during the Grand National meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)
The last edition of The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse for Day Two of The Grand National Festival was 3/1 second-favourite Lostintranslation, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.
10/11 priced race favourite Topofthegame finished six lengths behind Lostintranslation in second place, followed by 14/1 outsider Top Ville Ben in third place and 11/1 priced Mr Whipped in fourth.
On Ladies Day at The Grand National Festival in 2018, The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase was won by 3/1 priced race favourite Terrefort, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nicky Henderson.
9/2 priced third-favourite Ms Parfois finished three and three-quarter lengths behind Terrefort in second place, followed by 4/1 second-favourite Elegant Escape in third place and 6/1 priced Black Corton in fourth.
8/13 strong race favourite Might Bite won The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse in 2017, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
9/4 second-favourite Whisper finished 2 lengths behind Might Bite in second place, followed by 14/1 outsiders Virgilio and Marinero in third and fourth respectively.
Back in 2016, The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase on Day Two of The Grand National Festival was won by 11/2 priced third-favourite Native River, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard.
10/1 outsider Henri Parry Morgan finished three lengths behind Native River in second place, followed by 3/1 second-favourite Blaklion in third place and 6/4 race favourite Un Temps Pour Tout in fourth.